2 January 2009

Ghana: President Kufuor Urges Parties to Yield to Election Commission

Accra — President John Agyekum Kufuor, in his New Year message, has urged the two leading parties, the NPP and NDC, to yield to the authority of the EC to ensure the transitional process is kept on track. President Kufuor is expected to hand over to a new president on January 7.

He said any outstanding issues that remain unresolved may be settled later by due process. President Kufuor also cautions the media to exercise circumspection in its reportage of the election process.

He also expressed confidence that the security forces will remain neutral throughout the entire process. President Kufour concludes by calling on Ghanaians to remain calm until the results are declare by the EC.

Below is the entire statement from the Castle:

The year 2009 has dawned on us and it is my greatest pleasure to wish the entire nation a very happy New Year.

For many Ghanaians the joy of the New Year has been tampered to an extent by the intense anxiety and high tension arising out of the ongoing Presidential elections which is yet to throw up a clear winner, despite last week’s run-off.

The two contesting parties have raised pertinent concerns which are being addressed by the Independent Electoral Commission, among others.

It is important however that we meet the Constitutional time table for handing over on the January 7th. I therefore urge all stakeholders to yield to the authority of the Electoral Commissioner when he declares the results. Any outstanding issues may be settled later by due process.

I should also appeal to the media also to exercise the greatest sense of responsibility and circumspection in discharging their functions.

They must not inflame passions or incite people to undertake negative actions. Rather, their work should be guided by the public good at all times.

On the part of the security forces, I know that the nation can count on them to remain neutral and to display the highest sense of professionalism in the conduct of their work at this very critical time in the country’s history.

Lastly, I entreat the general public to remain calm until the result of the election is declared by the Electoral Commission to facilitate the transfer of power from this government to the next on 7th January as mandated by the nation all Constitution.

May God bless us all.

Signed: John Agyekum Kufuor
President of Republic of Ghana
2nd January, 2009

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